Danau Batur, as locals call it, is a crater lake that fills the south-eastern side of the caldera of an active volcano named Gunung Batur. Danau Batur is Bali’s largest lake with an area of approximately 18 square kilometers.
Most Danau Batur area becomes shrouded in mist but one can catch breatuhtakingly stunning views from the many vantage points along the rim. Hot springs at the lake’s edge reach temperatures of 57 degrees Celsius while the rest of the lake is somewhat cooler. The drop in temperature, and the mountains around the lake view, almost feels like Swiss Alps, not Bali.
Located less than an hour from north Bangli. The most accessible towns on the lake are Kedisan, Pura Jati and Toya Bungkah, all of which are on the volcano side of the lake. These towns offer the most spectacular of views, with the volcano towering over one side, and the steep incline of the outer crater rim looming over the lake to the other side.